“True beauty lies deep within. No matter what you look like on the outside, if you know you are beautiful, nothing can change that.”
I think that this quote by Amy Davis speaks for itself. It embodies everything every living and breathing person should believe.
But why do we find it so hard to completely, earnestly and actively live our lives with these words in mind? Why do we attach so much importance and value to the way we look?
Let me ask you the following question:
Do you love others just because of their looks?
Don’t you love your girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, sister, wive, mother, father, child, etc. because of who they are deep within?
Would you stop loving them if they gained a few pounds, developed acne, stopped putting on make-up or cut their hair?
Then, why do we put so much pressure on ourselves? Why do we put ourselves down in ways that we’d never do to others?
We all struggle with what True Beauty means to us, don’t we?
I have come to learn that true beauty has nothing to do with my appearance. I know now that Amy Davis’ words are true and I am trying to live each day without worrying too much about my weight, cloths, hair etc. Instead, I want to focus on becoming a beautiful soul (if that makes sense). I want to be an amazing wife, friend, sister, daughter, step mother and so on. I want to live my life as a kind person who has fun, loves laugh and is known to ENJOY every day. I can’t do all these things if I hold on to my eating disorder. I might have the illusion of looking great (when, in reality, I really looked horribly sick) and I might have the *joy* of wearing a size – 4, but what says that about me? It shows that I am unhappy, that I am really sick and that I suffer. I do not want my loved ones to have this picture in mind when they think of me.
True Beauty has nothing to do with weight. Nothing.
Believe me, I lived it!
I would like to encourage you to listen to an episode of Authentic Life Radio. Authentic Life Radio is a podcast that my wonderful and BEAUTIFUL friends Sarah Rader and Stephanie Ravenscraft record on a weekly basis, it is a source of invaluable wisdom and support not only for us women but for everybody.
Stephanie and Sarah just recorded an episode called “True Beauty Revisited”. If you struggle with finding your true beauty (and, let’s face it, we all do), you ought to listen to it!